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  • Federal officials indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert for lying to the FBI and evading taxes as he sought to pay off the subject to "cover up past misconduct."

    Former U.S. Speaker of the House indicted on charges of lying to the FBI

    ILLINOIS- Federal officials have indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert for lying to the FBI about $3.5 million he agreed to pay to an undisclosed subject to “cover up past misconduct.” The indictment was unsealed in the District Court of Northern Illinois on Thursday. The Justice Department alleges that Hastert made large withdrawals after he made the agreement. The indictment does not explain precisely what the “past misconduct” is, but instead details at length various withdrawals and financial transactions he […]

  • Former Chicago police officers Jerome Finnigan, left, and Timothy McDermott, right pose over a black man who's in antlers.

    In old photo, ex-Chicago cops with rifles pose over black man wearing antlers

    It’s a racially charged photograph. In it, two former Chicago cops, both of them white, pose as if on a hunting trip. They’re down on one knee holding rifles. A black man is lying on the floor between them with antlers on his head. The message is clear: The officers are the hunters. The man is their prey. Cook County Judge Thomas Allen released the Polaroid this week over the objections of the Chicago Police Department and Tim McDermott, one […]

  • A jury has sentenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death on some counts.

    Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence to be official in June

    Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence is expected to be made official next month. Formal sentencing for Tsarnaev has been set for June 24 in Boston’s Joseph Moakley Courthouse. A federal jury sentenced Tsarnaev, 21, to death this month for his role in the April 2013 bombings, in which three people were killed and at least 264 were injured when two pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the Boston Marathon finish line. The jury’s decision is legally binding, but it officially […]

  • The USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, will be closed to visitors until at least June 4, 2015 after a dock to the memorial that sits atop the sunken battleship was damaged in an accident Wednesday, the National Park Service says.

    Pearl Harbor memorial closed after accident

    HAWAII — The USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, will be closed to visitors until at least June 4 after a dock to the memorial that sits atop the sunken battleship was damaged in an accident Wednesday, the National Park Service says. The damage occurred when tugboats were “assisting” the USNS Mercy, an 894-foot-long, 69,000-ton hospital ship, inside the harbor, the U.S. Navy Region Hawaii said in a statement on its Facebook page. “Initial visual assessments show that the […]

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    Kidnapped north Texas girl reunited with family

    BENBROOK, TX (KDAF) — The sign said it all, “Welcome home Caitlyn.” It’s how every parent wants an Amber Alert to end. Early Wednesday morning, nine-year-old Caitlyn Williams was reunited with her family. “I’m very happy she’s home,” her aunt Yolanda Coward said. “My little boy in there, he’s very happy. He was singing, ‘my cousin’s coming home!'” The four-day search for the third-grader ended Tuesday at a Days Inn in Bossier City, Louisiana. That’s where her uncle, 24-year-old Jessie […]

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    ‘Abused Emojis’ created to help kids talk about abuse

    NEW YORK — Abused Emojis is a new iOS app and keyboard that aims to help kids and teens communicate difficult situations through images. The idea was developed by Bris, a Swedish non-profit which manages a helpline for children and teenagers. The organization says the app is intended to reflect and extend the kind of work Bris does. “Every day we have contact with hundreds of kids through phone, chat and mail conversation,” Bris explains on its site. “Many of […]

  • Al-Hashd al-Shaabi forces on the ground in Iraq.

    Iraqi forces, ISIS militants clash in Anbar operation

    BAGHDAD, Iraq– ISIS militants killed 30 Iraqi soldiers in a suicide bomb attack in Iraq’s key Anbar province, security officials told CNN on Wednesday, a day after the launch of a major operation to liberate Anbar and Salaheddin provinces from ISIS. The deaths occurred when three ISIS attackers targeted a forward combat outpost in al-Mazra, between Karma and Falluja, said an Iraqi police officer and a security source near the scene. The Iraqi military operation against ISIS was announced Tuesday, […]

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    Video of mob burning teen alive in Guatemala spurs outrage

    A large crowd stands by as a teenage girl — beaten and bloodied — writhes on the ground, her body engulfed in flames. “Add gasoline,” someone shouts. The shocking scene from a Guatemalan village went viral online and has spurred a debate over what some describe as vigilante justice in the Central American country. Citing witnesses in the village of Rio Bravo, local media reported that the girl was beaten and burned to death for her alleged involvement in the […]

  • The search for a rookie Los Angeles Police Department officer suspected of homicide has expanded into an international manhunt, focused on the border cities of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The FBI said Friday, March 20, 2015, it believes Solis is armed and dangerous and drove 800 miles across the desert from Southern California to El Paso with his father in a pickup a week ago.

    Fugitive ex-cop caught in Mexico

    MEXICO — The two-month search for a former Los Angeles Police Department officer suspected of homicide in California ended in Mexico, the Chihuahua attorney general said Tuesday in a statement. Henry Solis, 27, had been wanted in the March death of Salome Rodriguez, 23, who died after a shooting that followed a fight between the men in a downtown Pomona, California, bar in Los Angeles County. Solis was arrested Tuesday in Ciudad Juarez, just across the border from El Paso, […]

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    Lilly Pulitzer employee’s fat-shaming cartoons spark outrage

    Outrage erupted on the Internet around the issue of fat shaming and office decency. The scuttlebutt hit Twitter and other social media after a photo of a Lilly Pulitzer employee’s insensitive office display were published online by New York Magazine. She had hung cartoons in the office that denigrated fat people along with insulting, hurtful captions. “Just another day of fat, white, and hideous…you should probably just kill yourself,” read the text next to one drawing of what appears to […]

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    K-9 officer saves deputy’s life during ambush

    PEARLINGTON, Miss. – A Mississippi deputy who was attacked by three men is injured but alive after quick action by his K-9 officer. Deputy Todd Frazier was driving on a deserted road during his night shift last week when he noticed a car at a rest stop in Pearlington, Mississippi, authorities said. Thinking the lone man sitting in a blue Lincoln Town Car with the lights off needed help, he stopped. That’s when his nightmare started. While near the car, […]